A focus on respect and care after the fatal Florida shootings

The doctors communicating victims’ statuses following the deadly spree at a Broward County school fiercely protected patient privacy. Others focused on offering those affected counseling.

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A mass shooting has many victims—some with physical injuries, others with psychological wounds—and health care communicators and practitioners are doing their utmost to help.

Wednesday’s shooting spree at a high school in Parkland, Florida, killed 17 people and has left many in that community reeling with grief.

The New York Times reported:

A heavily armed young man barged into his former high school about an hour northwest of Miami on Wednesday, opening fire on terrified students and teachers and leaving a death toll of 17 that could rise even higher, the authorities said.

… By the end of the rampage, Mr. Cruz had killed 12 people inside the school and three outside it, including someone standing on a street corner, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said. Two more victims died of their injuries in local hospitals. The aftermath at the school was an eerie shrine, with chairs upended, a computer screen shattered with bullet holes and floors stained with blood.

On Thursday, the authorities charged Mr. Cruz with 17 counts of premeditated murder.

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